An industrial roof plays an important role in protecting your building and the people within. At the same time, a commercial or industrial flat roof is a primary ground for potential hazards or safety threats. There are many variables that could compromise the physical safety of anyone that comes within proximity, or enters onto a flat roof. For example, ladders, perimeter walls, scaffolds, or physical exposure to natural elements can put roofing workers or even bystanders at risk for serious injury.
Industrial Roof Safety
At Crown Industrial Roofing, industrial roof safety is our number one priority. Our commitment to safety is evident through our ongoing training programs we provide for our roofing contractors. We work closely with each individual client to comply with local building regulations to ensure jobsite safety. All of our training programs abide to the safety requirements set out by the local jurisdiction. Our team of highly skilled industrial roofing contractors are properly licensed and insured in Ontario, and remain in good standing with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (W.S.I.B).
Best Practices in Industrial Roof Safety
Keeping both your employees and ours’ safe in the workplace is our moral imperative, and we put a process in place to verify safety performance during industrial roof activity and installation. Here’s how Crown Industrial Roofing keeps safety on the minds of its workforce at all times.
1. Proper training is required. The right training is crucial for all commercial or industrial roofers. By practice and additional training courses, our roofing contractors will learn how to properly use roofing tools and equipment, which improves their safety as well as efficiency in any environment.
2. Make yourself aware of the working conditions. For example, workers must be made aware of roof tasks prior to entering the roof, including tasks that take them near overhead power lines, solar panels, and HVAC equipment.
3. Create a clean and organized work environment. All workspaces should be apart from common danger areas, and all equipment should be blocked off and protected. This will help avoid unnecessary injuries to anyone that comes within the roof’s proximity.
4. Proper safety gear is required at all times. The right safety gear should be worn onsite at all times. Appropriate footwear, hats, safety goggles, hearing protection and safety harnesses are among the required equipment needed to avoid injury in case of accident.
5. Ensure all roofing equipment is secure. For example, ladders should always be secured with stabilizers. A stable ladder will not only ensure workplace safety, it will also prevent damage to the gutter system of the building.
6. Understand climate conditions. Sometimes, the job needs to be planned around the weather. Extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain or snow, or extreme heat should be avoided when repairing, installing or inspecting an industrial flat roof.
7. Never go on the roof alone. Going onto a flat roof by yourself can put you at greater risk if a dangerous situation were to occur. Instead, go up with a partner. The extra set of eyes may notice an unsafe condition to avoid, or can promptly call for help if an accident occurs.
8. Always schedule roof inspections. Even though you may not need flat roof repairs, it’s crucial to stay on top of seasonal roofing inspections in Toronto. Why? General roof maintenance and upkeep. For example, inspections are required before any type of work can be done on the roof. In fact, anyone should be prohibited to access the roof unless an inspection has recently taken place. Additionally, roof damage may not always be visible to the naked eye. Areas of trapped moisture, for instance, must be inspected with infrared technology. If a soft spot on the roof occurs because of this moisture build-up, it would be unsafe to walk on entirely. These are among the many reasons why regular roof inspections play a huge importance in industrial roof safety.
9. Self-audit meticulously. In addition to responding to site-inspection hazards required from the local jurisdiction, do your own due diligence and conduct self safety audits to look for patterns of strengths and weaknesses in your current safety plan.
10. Set your own guidelines. At Crown Industrial Roofing, we like to maintain our own set of safety standards that go above and beyond what’s required. Not only are we fully trained and licenced, and in good standing with W.S.I.B, we also provide additional courses in specialized commercial and industrial roofing training.
Experienced in Industrial Roof Safety
At Crown Industrial Roofing, we are leaders in Toronto industrial roof safety. We have over 40 years of experience working in compliance with industrial and commercial building safety standards. Our ongoing training efforts and commitment to these safety standards has allowed us to safely and effectively perform commercial and industrial roof repairs and complete industrial roof replacements to a large portfolio of clients within the Greater Toronto Area.
To learn more about our unprecedented standards in industrial roof safety, or to book a free industrial roofing inspection, contact us today.